Bumpkin Soup 

April 19, 2024
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A.K.A. The Excitement of the Do-Re-Mi-Fa Girl
Do-re-mi-fa Musume No chi wa sawagu

With a Sanyo cassette player in hand, country girl Akiko—model Yoriko Doguchi, known for her collaborations with the late Kishin Shinoyama—makes her way to the debaucherous grounds of a Tokyo university in search of her hometown sweetheart. Taking place on a campus of earthly delights filled with blasé intellectuals, sex-crazed co-eds and even a shame-obsessed psych professor played by Juzo Itami, Bumpkin Soup channels the laissez-faire attitudes of the French New Wave by way of an absurdist retreat into ‘80s youth culture. Shelved from a Nikkatsu Roman Porno release for being too bizarre and subsequently re-edited and re-shot, Kurosawa’s second feature is a nonsensical Godardian work that throws everything at the wall, including musical numbers, humiliation experiments and non-sequiturs galore.

Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 1985, 80 min., DCP, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. With Yoriko Doguchi, Usagi Aso, Juzo Itami.

Part of Directors Company x2

© EPIC Sony/Directors Company

Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Booth Ferris Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Film programs are generously supported by ORIX Corporation USA, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Anime NYC and Yen Press. Endowment support is provided by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund and The John and Miyoko Davey Endowment Fund. Additional season support is provided by The Globus Family and Friends of Film. Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines, the official Japanese airline sponsor of Japan Society Film. Housing assistance is provided by the Prince Kitano New York, the official hotel sponsor of Japan Society Film.

  • Friday, April 19, 2024
  • 9:00 pm
  • In-Person Event
  • Reserved Tickets
  • $16 Nonmembers
  • $12 Members
  • $14 Seniors/Students
  • $14 Person with Disability